Kearney calls for zero tolerance of sectarian hate attacks
Sinn Féin national chairperson Declan Kearney has said attacks on Orange Halls in counties Antrim and Armagh are acts of sectarian bigotry designed to raise tensions.
Mr Kearney said;
"These recent attacks are acts of sectarian hatred carried out by bigots whose only aim is to incite sectarian tensions and confrontation.
"The fact these incidents have happened in the run up to the annual Twelfth parades demonstrates the perpetrators acted with premeditation.
"Sectarian mindsets and behaviour are one of the greatest challenges facing our society. There must be a zero tolerance shown by all sections of our community against every form of sectarian hatred regardless of the source.
"It is time for robust anti-sectarian and incitement to hatred legislation. Sectarianism needs to be stamped out and the bigots wedded to sectarian violence and vandalism put off the streets.
"No section of the community should give refuge to these reactionaries. Their actions serve to increase divisions and further entrench sectarian segregation.
"Violent sectarian bigots, their cheerleaders, and those who passively tolerate these types of attacks are opponents of the peace process. They must be publicly and fearlessly challenged at every opportunity."